BJP must come clean on PDP MLA's stand on millitants: Congress

BJP must come clean on PDP MLA's stand on millitants: Congress

An MLA of Jammu and Kashmirs ruling PDP today stoked a controversy when he described militants shot dead in encounters with security forces as "martyrs" and also cautioned against glorifying their killings.

On further questions from the reporters asking him whether he actually feels the militants are martyrs, Mir said, "Jo Kashmir ke hein, chahey kisi bhi halat mein marein, woh martyr hein (Those who hail from Kashmir are martyrs irrespective of the fact under what circumstances they get killed)".

"Celebrating the death of militants, who were children of Kashmir, can not be justified".

NC leader Akbar Lone said PDP is the party of contradictions which on one hand kills militants, and on the other calls them "martyrs", NDTV reported. "It is our collective failure".

Mir was also quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, "Call them militants or terrorists, but they are Kashmiris, they are our brothers". We should not glorify the killing of terrorists.

His comments, however, drew a sharp reaction from BJP which is in alliance with PDP in the state. "He should talk to separatists and militants in Kashmir too", he said.

Speaking to members of the press, Pir said that many militants active in the state are minors and are not aware of the consequences of their action.

Nowshera BJP MLA Ravinder Raina demanded that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti penalise her party's lawmaker for his "sensational statement". "How can they be someone's brother?" "Terrorists and separatists are enemies of Kashmir, Kashmiris, development, and peace".

If everyone who reads our reporting, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure and we will be able to keep our and your perspective going. "We are happy that they are coming back".

State Congress chief Ghulam Ahmad Mir claimed the BJP has given the PDP the leeway to make such statements so that both could continue to enjoy power in the state.

The MLA also sought to strike a balance, claiming party leaders " also do not want security force men to die".

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